Johnson Dominates Martinsville, Builds Big Points Lead
You can start engraving the championship trophy.
At the same track where he started his phenomenal run to the title last year, Jimmie Johnson distanced himself from his closest pursuers on Sunday, winning the Tums QuikPak 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
Johnson won in a cakewalk, leading 339 of 504 laps. His No. 48 Chevrolet was so good on short runs, and so strong off the corners, runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn’t mount a charge during the green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race four laps past its scheduled length.
Qualifying Rained Out... Again
For the ninth time this season — and for the third time in six races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup — rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for a Cup event. With time trials rained out Friday, and the grid set by owner points, Chase leader Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole in Sunday’s Tums QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Second-place Jeff Burton will start beside Johnson on the outside of the front row.
NASCAR Newscast: Chase for the Sprint Cup - Week 6 Review
Jimmie Johnson outlasted the field for his fifth career win at Martinsville Speedway, growing his point lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Hear from Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had a career-best third-place finish at NASCAR's smallest track.
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